First of all, if you haven’t discovered Bluey on Disney+, just stop reading this blog post and go watch it right now. Seriously, right now. (And if you don’t have Disney+, I’m telling you, it’s worth the...
I come from a large family. My dad is one of nine siblings, and almost all of them still live within an hour of their childhood home. Even though I’m one who lives farther away, I have always been...
Parenting during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart. It's a strange mix of circumstances that no one was prepared for and practically NO ONE had a clue how to go about it. It was the Wild...
I was painfully shy growing up, so shy that it made life difficult. And on top of being shy and struggling to connect with others, was the SHAME that I carried with me because of my shyness. That’s what really...
When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted "to be" when I grew up, I always just said a wife and mother, but it seemed they always asked about what career I wanted. To me,...
Every once in a while, I take a day off work and I still send my kid to daycare. This probably only happens about twice a year, and since my son is only two, I only have two years...
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A Tale of Two Summers

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“This is the worst summer ever!” "This is the best summer ever!" Or at least that’s what my children told me. These two declarations happened within days of each other in the past few weeks. From their perspective, the worst is when...
You are loud and sassy. You're not afraid to take risks or make a scene. You have a lot of BIG emotions, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. You dance every time you hear music, and you sing at the...
I am a Gen-Xer through and through. My first concert was New Kids on the Block. My first hardcore crush was Jon Bon Jovi. I rolled my jeans, teased my bangs, and, when grunge music rolled around in the...
I always planned on giving my kids roots. One place they could recall in their memories as home, where they could return when they were grown and feel as safe and welcome as they do now. I wanted the...
"I just want to go back to normal!”  The last few months have been a mess, y’all. We started 2020 with Australia on fire, followed quickly by a possible World War III, presidential impeachment, global pandemic and ensuing shutdowns, a...
I’ve had a countdown app on my phone for a few months now. The days slowly passed by until the big day. I was counting down until I was off for the summer. I love my job,...

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In + Around Knoxville

Family-Friendly Trip Guide to Asheville, North Carolina

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Living in Knoxville has a lot of perks including easy access to outdoor activities, mountains, and lakes. One of our team's favorite areas to visit...

Favorite Parks of Knoxville